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Well That Just Cracks Me Up!

egg carton with 4 eggs

Students who are just learning braille have a lot of challenges, namely tactile recognition. They need to be introduced to braille, through the avenue of pre-braille skills. In this easy to make and rather “on the cheap” activity, you can create a braille cell out of a carton of eggs and some round objects like ping pong or golf balls.


  • 12 or 6-egg egg cartons
  • sharp knife
  • golf balls or ping pong balls


  1. Take a standard-sized egg carton that normally holds 12 eggs. Six-egg cartons work just as well.
  2. Open the lid of the egg carton and use a sharp knife to cut the egg carton into 2, six-hole cartons. Amazing! You know have two complete braille cells.
  3. If you are still looking for cheap and inexpensive, or even free, drop by a local golf course and ask the manager if he or she will donate some golf balls. Usually, they will, if you explain the reason you need them.
  4. By turning the half of an egg carton vertically, you now have a complete braille cell, in which you can teach Grade I (uncontracted) and Grade II (contracted) braille. Having multiple egg cartons allows you to create more contractions and even sentences!

egg carton collage



egg carton braille

Posted by Maureen Lewicki

Posted on November 3, 2015
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Well That Just Cracks Me Up!

Maureen Lewicki commented on November 6, 2015

what a fun idea for little ones, and adult learners as well! I inherited an idea from a dear colleague: we use cotton balls..they do not roll! I often take them into classrooms to show sighted students braille, and it gives them a change to build braille cells, without the temptation to drop the balls :)